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You have allergy questions, We have allergy answers!

March 4, 2015
By: Vanessa Rosales M.A.

Answers to common allery questions that we recieve from patients. 

When does outdoor allergy season start?

It completely depends on where you live and what you are allergic to. In Georgia specifically, there are 27 different types of trees, 3 types of weeds and 6 types of grasses that are considered severe allergens. They ALL start to grow during the spring - a season that starts mid-March.

When should I start preventative medications?

One should start taking medications when the plants that trigger their allergies start to pollinate. If you haven't already started for the spring, start now! Trees start to pollinate at the beginning of March.

Are Allergy Drops right for everyone?

In our opinion? Yes. Painless and convenient, allergy drops are specifically designed for your allergy needs and are easily taken at your own convenience. That means NO office visits! Over a three year period they treat the underlying cause of your allergies and can wipe out the symptoms all together.

What is the difference between Zyrtec and Claritin?

Zyrtec

Caritin

Active Ingredient:
Cetirizine
Active Ingredient:
Loratadine
Side Effects:
Drowsiness, dry mouth, sore throat, dizziness, headache, cough, nausea or constipation
Side Effects:
Headache, feeling tired or drowsy, dry mouth, nervousness, stomach pain, diarrhea, eye redness, nosebleeds, skin rash and sore throat
Half-life:
8.3 Hours
Half-life:
8 Hours
Administration Method:
Liquid syrup, tablets and chewable tablets
Administration Method:
Liquid syrup, tablets and tablets designed to melt in the mouth

What is the recommended age kids should start getting allergy treatment?

Northwest ENT recommends that they start Allergy Immunotherapy (drops or shots) as early as 6. Kids are most commonly treated for allergic rhinitis (hay fever), nasal congestion, ear infections and food allergies.